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celtiknot?

This has been antagonizing me for months. When I asked my mom what this was, she said, apart from a bookmark, it was a Celtic knot. But when I look it up, I get anything but this.

What is this? What does it mean? Is it from the Celtic culture?

  • Kind of looks like a four leaf clover. maybe stylized as a celtic knot? – Nuloen The Seeker Mar 5 '18 at 10:28
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    Great question. I have some vague memory of the meaning--weaving was very important pre-modern in agricultural cultures, and typically had associations with the goddess and cycles of life. (Pagan cultures tend to be preoccupied with generative cycles related to planting/harvesting.) I found this fairly recent book mentioned in the Wiki references for the Celtic knot page: The Language of Ornament James Trilling (2001). – DukeZhou Mar 5 '18 at 20:57
  • Knot designs appear in Chinese, Korean, and other cultures as well as Celtic. What is the provenance of this bookmark? How big is it? – user1618 Mar 12 '18 at 3:02
  • It is possibly five to seven centimeters(2-3 inches) in diameter. – Andrew Johnson Mar 12 '18 at 13:40
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It looks like a kind of square/cross or octagon.


Square / cross is symbol of Tetragrammaton, the four-letter biblical name of the God.

Octagon is the ultimate balance between physical and invisible forces. Harmony and perfect equality between matter and spirit. a oneness of the two. The male and female as one. The fully aware humanity. Exhalation of the breath of creation. It is completion of a cycle and infinity of consciousness.

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